Green House Blog

2017: Building the Future – Beyond Better

While 2016 was an impressive year with more than 200 homes open and operating in 30 states, we expect to see that momentum continue in 2017!  It will be a year where we will see our first PACE Green House homes open in Michigan…and the first Green House homes will be opening in Rhode Island, where Saint Elizabeth Home broke a 20 year moratorium on new nursing home beds.

Here’s a quick look at how the year is shaping up for Grand Openings and Groundbreaking ceremonies:

Grand Openings:

rivertown_windows-in-dining-room-pvm_pic-twoPresbyterian Villages of MichiganDetroit, MI

2 Homes

January

The first PACE Green House Homes in the country–this development is part of the Thome Rivertown Neighborhood in Detroit, MI

 

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Clark Lindsey Village,  Urbana, IL 

2 homes

February

1st home opens in January, 2nd home

 

 

cottages-of-lake-st-louis-032Cottages of Lake St. Louis, Lake St. Louis MO

6 homes

January

1st home opens Jan 23rd with homes opening sequentially through Spring

 

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Belle Meade RehabilitationParagould, AR

9 homes

February

 

 

 

 

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Saint Elizabeth Home, East Greenwich, RI

4 homes

March

Click here for more details on this project

 

 

bridgewater-at-hanover-construction-november-30-2016Grace Senior Services/Bridgewater,

Hanover, MN

2 AL homes

February

 

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Janesville, MN

2 AL homes

April

 

 

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Buckner – Calder Woods, Beaumont, TX

2 homes

Summer

 

 

 

 

jewish-senior-life-dec-2016Jewish Senior Life, Rochester, NY

9 homes

September

 

 

 

 

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VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA

5 homes (in addition to their 3 existing)

3 homes open early fall (September) and 2 homes open 6 weeks later

 

 

Groundbreakings: 

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West Vue, Inc.,West Plains, MO

3 homes

Spring

 

 

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Cave City Nursing Home, Cave City, AR

4 homes

Spring

 

 

 

Southern Administrative Services,   Little Rock, AR

10 homes

Spring

 

 

First Green House Homes in Minnesota Officially Open!

Despite the long winter and flooding in Minnesota this year…the ribbon cutting ceremony at Water’s Edge on June 26th was a real success.  The first Green House homes located in Mankato, Minnesota will be welcoming Elders in mid-July.  Congratulations to all!

The three story project, with an assisted living Green House home on each floor, was developed and will be operated by Grace Senior Services.  Owners, Brad and Heather Bass along with their children and other city officials were all on hand for the grand opening event.

Water’s Edge is located on the Mankato hilltop and will offer wonderful scenic waterfront and woodland views.  Of course every Green House home also offers private bedroom and bathrooms for Elders, a central hearth area, full kitchen with home cooked meals, and a dining room area.  It can be chilly during those Minnesota winters, so Water’s Edge will also include heated bathroom floors and a “four-season sun porch” for each home.

The Director of Operations for Water’s Edge will be Brooke Olson.  The initial team to staff the first home is currently receiving their 128 hours of additional training to their current certification as a nurse, licensed practical nurse or nursing assistant.

The supplemental training is a hallmark of The Green House model of care.  The people who live and work in a Green House home collaborate to create a flexible daily routine that meets and Elder’s needs and preferences.  If they wish, Elders can help cook, and assist with housekeeping or laundry.  There is no predetermined routine, which facilitates independence and an Elder’s ability to pursue individual interests and schedules.  Deep relationships between the Elders and staff are one reason that the Green House model creates dramatic improvements in quality of life and care.

Capital Impact Partners was critical in the development and funding of Water’s Edge.  They provided $1.5 million in financing for the project:  One million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program-related investment (PRI) and $500,000 from the AARP Foundation PRI funds.  Capital Impact Partners, a congressionally chartered, non-profit community development finance institution provides financial services and technical assistance nationwide to help make high-quality health care, healthy foods, housing and education more accessible and attainable, and eldercare more dignified and respectful.  Water’s Edge owner Brad Bass was most pleased to work with Capital Impact Partners, “You have a great program and excellent staff.  I could never have done this without all of your extensive resources!  Not to mention the funding that was really the igniter to get this development going”.

We wish the team at Water’s Edge only the best as they welcome their Elders into the Green House homes during the upcoming weeks!  Again, congratulations to all!

Green House Assisted Living Homes for Minnesota!

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” will soon be the home of the first Green House Assisted Living homes!  Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on a gorgeous sunny morning June 27th in Mankato, Minnesota.

The homes will be called Water’s Edge at Willow Brook, and will be developed and operated by Grace Senior Services.  Brad and Heather Bass are the owners and have a deep commitment to serving elders.  They began their journey by opening an adult day service out of their home in 1997 and now have several senior housing cooperatives, two Assisted Living facilities, an adult foster care program, and a team of dedicated staffers to work with all of the elders.

During the groundbreaking event, Brad expressed his enthusiasm for the project, “We are excited to be part of the national replication project for Green House homes and for the opportunity to bring this special model to Mankato and the state of Minnesota.”  The three homes should be open early next year.  A warm welcome to our newest members of the Green House family!